Mary E Donigan’s Family Notes

Since I finally found the maiden name of my great-great grandfather’s wife, Mary E Donigan, I have been researching her family tree. Mary’s father James was fresh off the boat from Ireland in about 1847. He and Mary would have 6 children, Catherine, John, Mary E., James, Thomas Michael, and Richard Jerry, before his death in mid 1860. Her mother Mary was also directly from Ireland and would remarry after James’ death to Patrick O’Keefe and have 2 more children, Patrick and Daniel, born in 1866 and 1869.


Mary’s brother, John, 1851-1933, married Minnie Jane Bolsover and lived in Friendship, Allegany, New York for his lifetime. Their daughter, Henrietta “Etta” Donigan would marry Frank W. Burrows. The Burrows, Bradley and Miller families have quite the history in Andover, Allegany, New York. I found a detailed write up on their businesses and an old photo of Frank on the usgen site, Allegany County, New York – Local History and Genealogy Site.  Frank’s father, Augustus, was involved in both the mercantile business and was involved in the first bank of Andover. The block that the bank, grocery store and Burrows home was located on was referred to as Burrows block.  

  1. #1 by Roxana Burrows Farden on August 7, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    I am the grand daughter of Etta Donigan and Frank Burrows. I have been doing a bit of research on the family and would love to know from where in Ireland James and Mary Donigan hailed. Any info?

    • #2 by catrackgraphics on August 7, 2013 - 10:30 pm

      I really wish that I knew. I haven’t as of yet found any documentation that has that information on it.

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